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Welsh Winter Hillwalking and Mountaineering

Our Welsh Winter courses are based at home in Plas y Brenin, deep in the heart of Snowdonia's National Park. The mountains are accessible with moderate walks into high North and East facing shady slopes and cwms. Whilst the winters are a little unpredictable the last few years have delivered some excellent snow and ice conditions, ideal for learning essential winter skills. But whatever the weather, our flexible course programme means we can take full advantage of whatever Mother Nature serves up.

Welsh Winter Skills

Two days of intensive winter skills. Use and choice of ice axe and crampons, equipment selection, winter navigation and self arrest will all be covered............

Experience Required: summer hillwalking.

Cost and Duration: £230 (2 Days)

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Welsh Winter Hillwalking

Designed for those with some hillwalking experience who want to travel the mountains confidently at a time of year when the length of day may make visibility uncertain. The winter time offers great op...........

Experience Required:  some summer hillwalking.

Cost and Duration: £375 (5 Days)

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Winter Fourteen Peaks Challenge

An opportunity to attept to tick off all of Wales' 3000 foot peaks in one week. The unpredictable weather at this time of year calls for more time to take on the challenge, that's why this five-day at...........

Experience Required: A good level of summer hillwalking fitness.

Cost and Duration: £505 (5 Days)

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Winter Navigation

Although the fundamental techniques involved in navigating are the same regardless of the seasons, winter brings with it unique challenges. This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to ...........

Experience Required:  basic understanding of navigation.

Cost and Duration: £225 (2 Days)

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Welsh Winter Mountaineering

Making the most of the unpredictable weather experienced during the winter months in North Wales, this course is aimed at those summer hillwalkers who want to extend their skills to four seasons. Use ...........

Experience Required: summer hillwalking.

Cost and Duration: £465 (5 Days)

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Welsh Winter Ridges

An exhilarating weekend of guided mountaineering on some of Snowdonia's classic ridges. In winter, these narrow, rocky exposed ridges are even more demanding and exciting. In a group of two, you'll ...........

Experience Required: A good level a hillwalking fitness, a head for heights and a thirst for adventure.

Cost and Duration: £350 (2 Days)

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BMC discounted courses

 

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You can hire one of our coaches instructors or guides from only £250 per day. They'll tailor the day to suit your aims and aspirations perfectly.
You can enjoy one to one coaching for that cost or if you get together as a group, depending on the activity, you can split that cost between up to 6 of you. If you are a group we can run one of the courses listed above on a date that suits you and your friends or you could just write your own agenda for a week or weekend and we'll price it up for you - with or without accommodation. What's more, just like out normal course fees, our private instructor hire charge covers all your equipment too.
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Last Minute Discounts

Our Packed and Ready Discounts page always has some incredibe deals on offer. But you'll need act fast to take advantage of these bargains.

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Web-Only Offers

Holidays and Courses that are only available online.

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British Mountaineering Council Deals

Check out the latest rock climbing and hillwalking deals from our partner organisation The BMC.
Now includes a range of subsidised winter skills courses!!!!

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Events & Talks In Our Bar

liev music, talks, lectures and presentationsWe welcome non-residents in our bar and there's always something going on from live music and events to guest lectures and slideshows. Check out what's coming up next here

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Here's What's Hot

THE BIG ACOUSTIC WALK 17-18 MAY 2014

The Big Acoustic Walk 17-18 May 2014Join us for a fabulous weekend of walking and music, this year you'll also have the chance to enjoy some canoeing.

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USED KAYAK SALE - NOW ON!

USED KAYAK SALE - NOW ON!We're selling off over 30 used kayaks and sea kayaks. Boats with only 12 months use, fully by serviced by the manufacturer last week.

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SUBSIDISED ALPINE COURSES

Subsidised Alpine CoursesA great opportunity to gain some alpine skills training through the Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust, based in Argentiere.

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2014 BROCHURE

2014 BrochureOur 2014 brochure is available to read online, download or if you prefer you can request a paper copy and we'll pop one in the post.

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ACCOMMODATION FOR CLUBS AND GROUPS IN SNOWDONIA

Accommodation For Clubs and Groups In SnowdoniaClimbing Clubs, Cycling Clubs, Canoe Clubs DofE groups or even just a gang of mates? Our handy self catering accommodation units make an ideal base for your adventures.

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NEW BEDROOMS

New BedroomsCheck out our lovely newly refurbished bedrooms with comfy beds, ensuite bathroom and tea and coffee facilities.

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READY TO FACE THE MONSTER?

Ready to face The Monster?The Monster, our flagship Road Cycling weekend makes an ideal training platform for a sportif or etape.

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LOOK AFTER YOUR BOOTS

Look After Your BootsOur boots take a hammering so we asked the experts what we could do to look after them

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TOP TIPS FOR WINTER WALKERS AND MOUNTAINEERS

Top Tips For Winter Walkers and MountaineersSenior Instructor Carlo Forte offers some handy tips for mountain goers in winter.

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OUTSTANDING FACILITIES

Outstanding FacilitiesWe make sure everything at the National Mountain Centre is maintained at the highest standard. Check out our facilities page here.

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FREE OUTDOOR TRAINING

Free Outdoor TrainingWe need people to act as 'mock students' for our qualification courses. Find out more here.

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LOOK AFTER YOUR ICE SCREWS!

Look After Your Ice Screws!In our Top Tips section Dave Evans offers some handy tips on ice screw management

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PRE-SEASON KIT CHECK

Pre-Season Kit CheckRun through Dave Brown's check list for a pre season kit inspection

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TOP TIPS ON WINTER MOUNTAINEERING

Top Tips on WInter MountaineeringThe secret to a safe day out in winter is often to think ahead. Here are a few ideas to help you make sensible mountaineering decisions.

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TAKING A MATE CLIMBING?

Taking a mate climbing?read some top tips on taking a friend out rock climbing from instructor Baggy Richards

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Up to 75% Funding For Outoor Training

Volunteer leaders can save up to 75% on training and assessment courses with our Future Leaders Fund. Ideal for Scout Leaders, Girlguiding volunteers, DofE leaders, youth workers and university club volunteers.

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Snowdonia Expedition Assessment Service

Plas y Brenin administers the Expedition Assesment Service for Cadair Idris, Rhinogs, Snowdon, Glyderau, Carneddau, Moelwyns and the Berwyns on behalf of DofE Wales.

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